Attack Of The Killer Dust

from the it's-a-book! dept

Business Week is using Michael Crichton's latest technology-out-of-control thriller Prey to bring up all sorts of reasons why people need to be afraid of new technologies like nanotechnology. It seems that the popular press loves to take a technology, look at how it can be misused and determine that there's something "bad" about the technology that we all need to watch out for. It apparently sells a lot of magazines, but it does little to deal with any real issues. Even Crichton, himself, is quoted in the article saying his stories are fiction, and he's optimistic about the future of technology. However, that won't stop a bunch of desperate writers from wondering about our dystopian future due to his novel.

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 26th, 2002 @ 10:49am

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    It's surprising to hear Crichton say that he's optomistic about technology. He's made pretty much his entire reputation writing books and film scripts about technology run amok - The Andromeda Strain, Westworld, Coma, Jurassic Park, etc.

    I'm not surprised to see a bunch of desperate writers drawing the conclusions he seems to invite in his previous work, especially given that this is a slow news week that still has deadlines in it.


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    dorpus, Nov 26th, 2002 @ 10:57am

    Technology is neutral

    What matters isn't the tools we invent; it is the hearts that use them.


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